Excelsior!

by The Goat Family

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1.
Supernova 03:43
Lay down your worries and your burdens Cast them out into the sea Let ‘em roll on down the hillside Tonight come and drink and dance with me Their love was like a supernova Starved and tumbling out in space But when the sturm and drang had settled A big black hole was in its place Lay down your worries and your burdens Cast them out into the sea Let ‘em roll on down the hillside Tonight come and drink and dance with me He was the promise of his family He had the skills, he had no shame He wagged his tail at crooked smiles ‘Til he could not recall his name Lay down your worries and your burdens Cast them out into the sea Let ‘em roll on down the hillside Tonight come and drink and dance with me She said she’d meet him on the starboard He said he’d be there by the pier The sun was high, the sky was perfect And she still waits year after year Lay down your worries and your burdens Cast them out into the sea Let ‘em roll on down the hillside Tonight come and drink and dance with me
2.
Derry O 03:01
Oh Derry oh, side of the road Oh Momma come and carry me home Whole lotta talking in the saloon Whole lotta talking in town last night Some folks say it ain’t proper Some folks think they gonna set it right Oh Derry oh (side of the road) Oh Momma come and carry me home Well I’m just waiting here by the oak grove Waiting here to see who walk by Maybe I gonna be quiet Maybe nobody gonna have to die Oh Derry oh (side of the road) Oh Momma come and carry me home Leave them bodies in the cavern Leave them bodies with the dyn-o-mite Take the long way through the valley Likely won’t make home tonight Oh Derry oh (side of the road) Oh Momma come and carry me home She say to me “We can fly home” She show me we have wings to glide We soar high – like a raven Two birds flying in the pale moonlight Oh Derry oh (side of the road) Oh Momma come and carry me home
3.
I’ve got a boat in the harbor I gotta car and it’s gassed up I gotta horse in a stable, hot coffee in my cup Gotta plane in the hanger and a chopper on the pad I’m looking good, but I’m feeling bad And I’m telling you why, no matter how I try I can’t (no I can’t) I can’t seem to get away - from you I gotta passport in my pocket I got rockets on my feet I gotta first class reservation on the subway down the street I’m a mustang bullet train runaway main vein Sitting on a broomstick inside Sputnik Bound to fly before I die But I can’t (no I can’t) I can’t get away - from you Hear me when I say I’m on one knee about to pray Please (baby) please (baby) please baby Hear me when I say I’m on one knee about to pray Please honey - go away I gotta peacock in my pocket I got a tiger in my tank (walla walla walla walla) You keep on talking ‘bout “doing the dog” And I keep on saying “no thanks” (walla walla) No gratzi, nyet nyet, no sir, no ma’am What part of “no” don’t you understand? If you gotta talk, talk to the hand Cuz I can’t (no I can’t) oh I can’t You know I can’t (no I can’t) no, no, no I can’t You know I can’t (no I can’t) Well I can’t seem to get away
4.
Old Isaiah 04:09
Now Old Isaiah says that God gives strength to the fainting For the weak He makes vigor abound When He stretches forth His hands like a swimmer When He extends His hands as if to swim Then will the eyes of the blind be open The ears of the deaf be clear Then will the lame leap like a stag The tongue of the dumb will sing He says hope in God will renew our strength And with eagle’s wings we will soar We will run and not grow weary Walk and not grow faint Streams will burst forth from the rock And rivers through the desert Burning sands will become pools And the thirsty ground springs of water Death will be destroyed - all tears gone We will meet with gladness, all sadness will flee And we will enter Zion singing! Crowned with joy!
5.
Rising soft from the valley, floating clear along the shore Then combed clean through whispering trees Soaring high it waits above the soil and toil Then descends to inspirate It’s the living breath of mystery, the key to vitality Drawn in simply to release It comes gently and invisibly Stirring and complete that it banishes misery It’s an endless aspiration; it’s the elemental reel It’s the wind within the wheel The indispensible spin coming round again Yes the wind that moves the wheel You don’t even have to listen There’s a measure we all share - Baby don’t you cry Hush and then, just breathe in That glorious Mountain Aire (It’s an) endless aspiration (It’s thee) elemental reel (It’s thee) wind within the wheel (It’s thee) indispensible spin (Comin’) round again (Yes thee) wind that moves the wheel Rising soft (from the valley) floating clear (along the shore) Then combed clean (through whispering trees) Soaring high (it waits) above the soil (and toil) Then descends (to inspirate) You don’t even have to listen There’s a measure we all share - Baby don’t you cry Hush and then, just breathe in That glorious Mountain Aire
6.
Deep within your backbone, way below the belt There’s a seed of forgotten need For the way the wild man felt Above the knees, between the thighs Around the waist and inside your sighs There’s a big surprise, better than any paradise Underneath your nylon, before you start to talk There’s a huge wave that undulates The way the wild woman walked Above the knees, between the thighs Around the clock, for all your life There’s a bright light, shining in your darkest night When you jump in Heart gets thumping Take me away Buried in your pocket, below the clink of change There’s a mighty ring of everything That you need to move this way It’s above your knees, between your thighs Shaking behind your crying eyes There’s a dance of endless skies Where you rise and fall and fall and rise When you get here Have no fear dear Get on your way Like a ball and socket Inside your pocket Moving round and round and round all day
7.
Be My Ball 02:52
I sang a song of hope last night I put it in your basket bright And all I ask of you tonight Is hold my hand ‘til morning Hold my hand, heal my heart With rubber bands and lonesome art A little light in a lot of dark Could tear down my house Tear down my house and leave this town Take the fiddle and evening gown To the sea where songs abound Be my ball I’ll be your clown Be my ball my kick my love Tell me all you’re dreaming of Send my letters up above We all get lost Be my ball my string my joy Be my girl, I’ll be your boy Be the one I’m dreaming of We all get lost in love Everybody shake, everybody slide Everybody on, we’re going for a ride Everybody leave, everybody come Everybody get your hot pants on Everybody sleep, everybody rise Everybody on, we’re going for a ride
8.
Believe It 03:39
Heard on the telephone, my baby be coming home for good Just like she said she would This place is a broken home, since baby been up and gone away My baby’s coming home But ya know I’ll believe it when I see it (don’t ya think she means it boy?) We travelled upon this road before (could be she’s changed this time for good) She’ll say all the things she say Then play all the games she plays all day Just like yesterday She sent me a telegram, it says she be coming home for good And she hopes I understood The words are as clear as day, she says her mistake was going away And my baby’s coming home But ya know I’ll believe it when I see it (don’t ya think she means it boy?) We travelled upon this road before (could be she’s changed this time for good) She’ll say all the things she say Then play all the games she plays all day Just like yesterday Heard on the intercom, my baby be standing right outside! And she says she’ll treat me nice I just got to walk on down and she’ll be telling me more sweet lies My baby’s come back home But ya know I’ll believe it when I see it (don’t ya think she means it boy?) We travelled upon this road before (could be she’s changed this time for good) She’ll say all the things she say Then play all the games she plays all day Just like yesterday
9.
Morning come, I’m on the run – coffee on the dashboard Fuel to burn and worlds turn – just outside of this door I got up in time to take that ride – ain’t got time for breakfast Wheels roll, a donut hole – time for a change of address (wheels roll) Feeling golden in the morning time (wheels rolling) I’m golden when I cross that line (wheels roll) It’s good to be long gone Sun come up, my pick-up truck – hound dog here beside me Good ole boy, a chewed up toy – his big ole tongue all flappy What you see is what you get – ain’t nothing worse than hiding Radio says miles to go – singing while we’re riding This highway’s mighty flat I like it like that Everybody’s hanging on for some song They don’t play no more But leave your window down – get on out of town Dig that lonesome highway sound Some folks play the waiting game – counting on tomorrow What they miss is surely this – boundless joy and sorrow Stay in school or play the fool – don’t matter how you get there What I know is where I go – home keeps getting better ‘Cause back home there’s a scrawny girl Big flat feet and feathers in her hair She’s painting her nails and waiting for me (wheels roll) Feeling golden in the morning time (wheels rolling) I’m golden when I cross that line (wheels roll) Hear that sound that highway sound (wheels rolling) Thinking now I’m homeward bound
10.
Everybody talking ‘bout time going by I’m getting tired of that The thing we done, the shit we seen The one we loved, the room where we had sat Anytime somebody say - I got a plan Anytime somebody say - I got a dream Every time somebody try to take a ride You say your tire’s flat But you were my baby then Everything was possible way back when Everybody talking ‘bout a thing they lost It’s getting sad and old (getting tired of that) The one that died the one that lied The one that jumped overboard (getting tired of that) (Anytime somebody say) I got it nailed (Anytime somebody say) I got it figured out (Every time somebody try) I got it sussed Then your time’s run out But you, you were a baby then Everyone was beautiful way back Now you want to be beautiful now? I’m gonna show you how Everybody’s talking to themselves so loud I’m getting blotted out (getting tired of that) How could anything be so important to keep talking about? (getting tired of that) (Anytime somebody say) Hey you hear me man? (Anytime somebody say) Get out of my way (Every time somebody say) You want a piece of me? I turn around You, you were just crazy then You were a baby then And you want to be beautiful now Somebody show me how I’m getting tired of that
11.
Oh threats of Hell and hopes of Paradise One thing is certain - this life flies One thing is certain and the rest is lies The flower once is bloomed forever dies Yesterday this day madness did prepare Tomorrow’s silence, triumph, or despair Drink for you know not whence you came nor why Drink for you know not why you go nor where Come fill the cup and in the fire of Spring The winter garment of repentance fling The bird of time has but a little way To fly and lo, the bird is on the wing There was a door to which I found no key There was a veil through which I might not see Some little talk awhile of me and thee There was and then no more of thee and me Ah make the most of what we yet may spend Before we too into dust descend Dust into dust and under dust to lie Sans wine, sans song, sans singer, sans end Come fill the cup and in the fire of Spring The winter garment of repentance fling The bird of time has but a little way To fly and lo, the bird is on the wing Ah make the most of what we yet may spend Before we too into dust descend Dust into dust and under dust to lie Sans wine, sans song, sans singer, sans end
12.
Monkey Song 04:42
Well I could hold my own if I only had hands But the devil come along with a new set of plans He said “Sign right here at the bottom of the page I’ll get you working for the man It ain’t for much, it’s minimum wage But I’ll keep you out of the can” Tell me, what’s a man supposed to do When all of the monkeys are running the zoo? They ain’t free and neither are you Tell me what you gonna do? Well I could pull myself up if I had a hook Maybe a pencil, a paper, or a book I don’t need no Shakespeare nor Thoreau Some other cat on your shelf Just a leg up and I could get up and go And do the thinking for myself Now tell me, what’s a man supposed to do When all of the monkeys are running the zoo? They ain’t free and neither are you Tell me what you gonna do? Well I would save the whole wide world with a tune It’d be a jumpy little number, way more rhythm than blue I’d put a big fat break in the middle for you For to do your thing Stretch right out do a jig or two And then all of your monkeys would sing What’s a man supposed to do When all of the monkeys look just like you? They ain’t free and neither are you Tell what, what you gonna do? What’s a man supposed to do When all of the monkeys look just like you? They ain’t free and neither are you Tell what, what you gonna do?

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Americana and juggy, rocking rhythms while spiritual, reaching-way-back but original and looking-forward. We sing from the roots of what migrating cultures have all brought to the USA.

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released November 1, 2019

The Goat Family is:
Cecil B Feeder, Dan Janos, Thad Povey, Rock Ross, and Chris Santeramo

Guest Goats:
Natalia Daniels (violin & viola), Kevin Cunningham (lead guitar), Erynn-Dnae Turner (backing vocals)

All songs arranged by the Goat Family.
Produced by Dan Janos
Recorded by Bart Thurber at House of Faith, Oakland, California
Mixed by Jimmy Bell at 3rd Bedroom Studios, Sacramento, California
Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Mastering Lab in Oakland, California
Additional recording by The Goat Family at The Cave in San Francisco, California
Artwork by Rock Ross, Chris Santeramo, and Scott Povey

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With harmonies storming in from the West and rhythms shaking loose from the American songbook, this band packs folk, country, banda, and blues into a wobbly wagon on a cross-country trip bound for butt-shaking happiness.

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